Ayse Kaltsas

Ayse Kaltsas

AYSE KALTSAS is enrolled in the BSN to PhD program. She is a recipient of the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare grant, a prestigious program supporting 1,000 nurse scholars nationwide. She is also the College’s liaison to the Graduate Student Academy. Ayse holds Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Business Administration degrees. She is focusing her dissertation research on examining the impact of bio-behavioral risk and protective factors on Alzheimer’s Disease. She hopes her work can guide prevention strategies for adults with mild-cognitive impairment. After earning her degree, she would like to serve as a faculty member and develop her program of research in cognitive aging in vulnerable populations. Nursing first inspired Ayse when she was in middle school. “I admired the nurses caring for my mother after her surgery. I experienced their unconditional caring for my mother and me.” She values and is driven by the compassionate aspect of nursing. Ayse said opportunities afforded to her by her scholarship, including networking with nursing scholars from other universities, helped her grow tremendously. She most appreciates the College’s caring-based philosophy. “Administration and faculty continuously set examples … I feel very lucky to be in this College, growing myself as a caring person and scholar.”